Trials

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    Crime, Death Penalty

    Criminally Yours: The Death Penalty For Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

    How could the jury believe that a person so young could be so unredeemable? That the only satisfactory conclusion to his heinous acts would be his own death?

    26 Comments / / May 18, 2015 at 11:02 AM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.14.15

    * Andrew and Alecia Schmuhl, the husband-and-wife lawyer duo accused of treating a law firm managing partner and his wife to a “torture session,” had a hearing this week where it was revealed that Andrew allegedly slit the managing partner’s throat. [Washington Post]

    * ‘We’re asking you to choose life. Yes, even for the Boston Marathon bomber.” Jurors began deliberating in the death penalty phase of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial late yesterday afternoon. It’s worth noting that the last time someone was executed in Massachusetts was 70 years ago. [Boston Globe]

    * “Explaining these persistent gender disparities in income … has proven to be much more difficult than simply identifying them.” Per a study conducted by Harvard Law, the wage gap for women in the law has been growing since 1975. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg]

    * The deadly Amtrak derailment hit too close to home for attorneys in the Northeast who travel frequently on the Acela line. In fact, some of our best tips have come from Acela trips. Our thoughts are with those who were affected by the crash. [National Law Journal]

    * A sexy little spat: Dov Charney, the ex-CEO of American Apparel, filed a $20M defamation suit against the company, claiming that despite what employees were told, he never agreed that he’d stay away from American Apparel for good. [Los Angeles Times]

    7 Comments / / May 14, 2015 at 9:00 AM
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    Technology

    Why Excel Is The Best Illustration Program You Own

    Technology columnist Jeff Bennion explains why Excel is one of his favorite tools for creating litigation illustrations.

    0 Comments / / May 12, 2015 at 3:32 PM
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    Crime, Jury Duty, Trials

    Criminally Yours: Etan Patz, The Boy On The Milk Carton

    When it comes down to it, no matter how hard or soft the evidence, the jury does what it wants, and if there’s a ground swell of support for one side over the other, then that’s the opinion that usually prevails.

    24 Comments / / May 11, 2015 at 4:52 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.11.15

    * UMass School of Law has a burgeoning deficit of $3.8 million, so instead of attempting to increase enrollment, the school has decided to cut its class size to 72 students. Hmm, we have a feeling those “cuts” aren’t intentional. [Boston Globe]

    * Reddit’s Ellen Pao may have lost her gender discrimination case against Kleiner Perkins, but she sure as hell doesn’t want to pay the nearly $1 million in “grossly excessive and unreasonable” court costs that the venture-capital firm has requested. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * It’s no shocker that members of the T14 have the most competitive LSAT scores in the country, but you may be surprised by which two schools had the absolute lowest median LSAT scores. Hint: Cooley isn’t one of them. [Short List / U.S. News & World Report]

    * Baltimoreans will surely be pleased by this news: Officers in the Freddie Gray case filed a motion to get their charges dismissed, and have asked that State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby recuse herself for her “overzealous prosecution” and conflicts of interest. [Baltimore Sun]

    * Jury selection is complete for the criminal trial of failed firm Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former top brass. “It’s a very diverse jury,” with jurors ranging from members of the unemployed to day traders. Best of luck to Joel and the Steves — they may need it. [Am Law Daily]

    * MVP? No, MVD! A UNH Law prof will teach a college course called “Deflategate: The Intersection of Sports, Law and Journalism” because a dean thought it would be a great way to use pop culture to hook undergrads on the law. [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    20 Comments / / May 11, 2015 at 9:04 AM
  • Aww, the ABA wants you back, LSAT.

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.05.15

    * Ever argued about weed before SCOTUS? Ever argued about weed before SCOTUS… while high? The Supreme Court asked Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. to weigh in on the marijuana border wars suit filed by Oklahoma and Nebraska against Colorado. [Denver Post]

    * Well, that was quick! After enacting this rule just last year, the ABA now wants to put a stop to law schools using an exception that would allow up to 10 percent of their entering classes to consist of students admitted without having taken the LSAT. [ABA Journal]

    * Landon Thomas, a 2014 NYU Law graduate, has been missing for more than a week. He was last seen in Harlem on April 27. His friends and family have set up a Facebook page to aid in the search. If you have any information, please call the police. [DNAinfo]

    * Corinthian Colleges, a higher education system that ran an employment falsification scam that was eerily similar to what law schools were once doing, has gone belly up, and Biglaw firms are swooping in like vultures to get in on the action. [Am Law Daily]

    * After being convicted on 30 federal charges last month, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev showed some emotion for the first time during the penalty phase of his trial, where he was seen wiping a tear while his aunt sobbed on the stand. [TIME]

    22 Comments / / May 5, 2015 at 8:56 AM
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    Biglaw, Crime, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Jury Duty, Trials

    Dewey & LeBoeuf Criminal Trial Kicks Off With Jury Selection

    What happened when the firm’s former leadership reported to court for their upcoming trial? See how we didn’t make a “Dewey” pun? Aren’t you proud?

    21 Comments / / Apr 28, 2015 at 3:32 PM
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    Jury Duty, Technology, Trials

    Why What I Do Is Everything Wrong With The Jury System

    After being in about 30 jury trials, legal technology columnist Jeff Bennion has decided that the system is kind of messed up.

    4 Comments / / Apr 28, 2015 at 1:36 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 04.22.15

    * Law school graduates may not be able to find jobs immediately, but not to worry, because according to this law professor, at least they won’t be homeless — and sadly, for some people, a thought like that may be comforting. [Washington Post]

    * Sofia Vergara is locked in a battle with her ex-fiancé over their frozen embryos. Her lawyer says now that she’s engaged to the studly Joe Manganiello, she has “no desire to have children with her ex,” but that certainly isn’t going to stop him from suing her to become a dad. [New York Daily News]

    * Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may regret flipping the bird at a security camera in his federal holding cell now that it’s being shown to the jury in the punishment phase of his trial to prove that he’s “unrepentant, uncaring, and untouched” by his crimes. [Boston.com]

    * If you’ve been waitlisted at a law school you’re desperate to get into, perhaps you ought to try sending a letter of continued interest. Hey, you never know, bringing attention back to your application might just might work! [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    * Black lives matter, but apparently not to the police. The DOJ has opened an investigation into the death of black Baltimore resident Freddie Gray following his arrest. He died from a “severe spinal cord injury,” but the police claim to have no idea how it happened. [CNN]

    40 Comments / / Apr 22, 2015 at 9:05 AM
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    Small Law Firms, Trials

    Alexandra Marchuk v. Faruqi & Faruqi: What Did She Win In Attorneys’ Fees?

    A six-figure sum, but nothing close to her $1.4 million request.

    23 Comments / / Apr 21, 2015 at 5:30 PM
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    B for Beauty, Murder, Trials

    Lawyer Missed Date With Beauty Queen Because He Was Dead

    At least he had a very good excuse for bailing on his date.

    84 Comments / / Apr 21, 2015 at 2:16 PM
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    Books, Jury Duty, Trials

    Defending The Jury: An Interview With Laura Appleman

    How can we improve the American criminal justice system by strengthening the community’s role in the process?

    9 Comments / / Apr 16, 2015 at 4:01 PM
  • Modern Jury Box

    Jury Duty, Small Law Firms, Trials

    Beyond Biglaw: Lessons From Jury Duty (Part 2)

    What did litigator Gaston Kroub learn from jury duty?

    9 Comments / / Apr 14, 2015 at 10:04 AM
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    Technology, Trials

    Today’s Tech: How A Criminal Defense Lawyer Uses Trial Presentation Technology

    How can a tool like TrialPad help you during court? Allow this criminal defense attorney to tell you.

    2 Comments / / Apr 9, 2015 at 12:30 PM
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    Canada, Politics, Trials

    The View From Up North: Canadian Senator On Trial

    Finally, Canada has a juicy political scandal — with a lawyer at its center.

    4 Comments / / Apr 8, 2015 at 10:02 AM
  • Modern Jury Box

    Jury Duty, Small Law Firms, Trials

    Beyond Biglaw: Lessons From Jury Duty (Part 1)

    What did lessons about litigation did Gaston Kroub learn from his recent jury duty?

    9 Comments / / Apr 7, 2015 at 10:03 AM
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    Crime, Trials

    Criminally Yours: The Boston Bombing And Etan Patz — Should The Defendants Testify?

    The conventional wisdom among defense attorneys is don’t put your client on the stand if there’s already reasonable doubt without him.

    20 Comments / / Apr 6, 2015 at 11:59 AM
  • Bob McCulloch

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 04.02.15

    * “He said what he wanted people to hear and he didn’t fully answer questions.” St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch of Ferguson infamy spoke at Missouri Law yesterday. We understand there was some sort of an “incident” with the SBA as well. We may have more on this later. [KBIA]

    * “Don’t panic; you’re bound to get something eventually.” California had some of the worst employment statistics for law graduates after the recession. If you’re a member of the Lost Generation, these stories may resonate with you. [California Lawyer]

    * New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez was federally indicted on corruption charges yesterday for allegedly accepting more than $1 million worth of gifts and campaign contributions in exchange for political favors. Way to do Jersey lawyers proud. [AP]

    * Jury selection begins on April 27 for the criminal trial against the former members of Dewey & LeBoeuf’s top brass. The prosecution dropped three counts, but Joel Sanders and the Steves must still defend themselves against 100 others. Yikes! [New York Law Journal]

    * Gordon Smith, one of the writers for Better Call Saul, doesn’t think the show’s portrayal of lawyer life will inspire young people to “run out to become attorneys.” After all, Jimmy McGill’s home and office haven’t exactly been depicted as “glamorous.” [WSJ Law Blog]

    14 Comments / / Apr 2, 2015 at 9:07 AM